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Saudi Arabia to play pre-World Cup friendly against Italy

Mohammad Al-Sahlawi

Italy will play World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia in a friendly in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on May 28, the federation announced on Thursday.

While four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades, Saudi Arabia will play in the tournament for the first time since 2006.

Saudi Arabia will face hosts Russia in the opening match of the World Cup on June 14.

The friendly at Kybunpark Stadium will mark the first time Italy face Saudi Arabia.

Italy then visit...

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Italy announce friendly vs. United States in November

Dom Dwyer joins Taylor Twellman in the Heineken Boot Room to talk about becoming a U.S. citizen and the possibility of playing in a World Cup in his 30s.

The United States will face Italy in a friendly in November in a matchup of teams that surprisingly failed to qualify for the World Cup.

The Italian football federation announced on Friday the game has been set for Nov. 20, with the site still to be determined. It is likely to be in Europe as Italy are scheduled to host Portugal in the UEFA Nations League three days earlier.

U.S. Soccer does not announce friendlies before all the paperwork is completed.

Italy has won eight of the 12 games the countries...

 By Ben Gladwell

Andrea Pirlo reveals discussions over coaching roles with Italy and clubs

Andrea Pirlo retired from playing last year.

Andrea Pirlo has held talks with members of the Italian FA and some clubs as he considers the next step in his career.

Pirlo, 38, brought down the curtain on his playing days last year and will be given an official send-off at a San Siro testimonial next month.

He has been working as a pundit but is considering a future in coaching and told La Gazzetta dello Sport he is weighing up his next move.

"I've had discussions with many people, both for the national team and for clubs, but there will be...

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Claudio Ranieri says he will be staying at Nantes despite Italy links

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Claudio Ranieri has said he will be at Nantes next season.

Claudio Ranieri has said he will stay at Ligue 1 club Nantes despite speculation linking him with the Italy job.

Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to the Premier League title and took over at Nantes last summer, is reported to be a strong contender to take over after the departure of Gian Piero Ventura.

But he has said he will be staying at Nantes next season, having previously indicated that he could move on if offered the chance to coach his home country.

"I'm under contract with Nantes," Ranieri...